|Time trials 10 Jan 21 at Elk River – Natural snow- +25F B skls 9.1 km course|
Due to the last Covid rules which curtail competitions per se until the 14th of Jan, MN Cup #2 as rescheduled is now cancelled. Our planning has gotten short range by necessity, and for that I apologize—but we do have a couple of events that should be ok and should happen!!
This coming Sunday—Elk River- we will have a time trial course set up where you can come, zero yourself and time yourself. It will use the normal winter course Pursuit format so PPSS and a 5 lap total of 9.1km of skiing plus penalty loops.
To accommodate both zeroing and time trialing we will need to do this by 10 maximum wave appointments with me. 9:30 or 11:00. Please sign up shortly. If we run out of slots [10 x 2], I will open up another time slot in the early afternoon We will need to zero quickly so be there on time and ready to go. I anticipate no more than 15 min to zero. Once we switch to metal, all zeroing will be done for that wave. Watch your email, as I might move you or your group to anther time slot.
The 23rd/24th weekend is not yet determined—we may do more time trials at Elk River
and the 30th/31st will be Regional races at Mt Itasca, with an announcement/invitation coming out shortly.
I am anticipating at least two events in Feb, another Regional event in March along with Nationals in West Yellowstone.
I did note this past weekend that quite a few of our Biathletes participated in the JNQ races in Houghton MI with some really spectacular results!! Training pays!!
Enjoy the Journey!
Bill Meyer, Coach
Below please find the Invitation to the first Midwest Regional Race to be held at the Blackhawk Ski Area near Madison WI on the 16th and 17th of Jan, 2021. Signup information is below and please note: You must sign up online!
I really hope we can get a good turnout from MN. The results from these races will be sent in to USBA for consideration along with other results from Dec and Jan as to selection for the US Team to the Youth and Junior World Championships.
Hope you can make it!!
Bill Meyer, Coach
On Saturday and Sunday, January 16th & 17th, Blackhawk Ski Club will host the second set of WI Biathlon races of the 2020/2021 season! These will be USBA Midwest Regional Open Biathlon races for USBA safety certified athletes.
Note that you must register for these races online prior to Noon on Friday, January 15th. Due to COVID-19 restrictions and other practical issues, there will be no same-day registration. All Open race participants are required to supply their own rifle and ammunition unless you make prior arrangements with one of the race organizers.
No fees will be collected online during the registration process so we have no concerns if you register for the race but are unable to attend the race for whatever reason. Please register online immediately if you have even the slightest thought of racing!
Note four important points:
- No same day registrations will be offered on Saturday or Sunday. Register online at Webscorer before Friday, January 15th or do not race.
- Arrive with your USBA membership current (see below) or do not race.
- Read and understand the COVID-19 adaptations in the Webscorer event announcements below. If these are unacceptable to you in some way, do not race.
- Do not attend the race if you have, or recently have had, flu symptoms and/or a fever.
Important: For the OPEN races, athletes 15 and over (calculated on 31 Dec 2020) must select the 10K “Distance” (7.5K for females entering the Saturday Sprint race) of the race when registering online with Webscorer and athletes 14 and under must select the 2.5K (Saturday) and/or 4K (Sunday) “Distance”.
Register for the Saturday Open races at the Webscorer link below.
Blackhawk 2.5K, 7.5K, 10K Interval Start Biathlon | Event registration | Webscorer
Register for the Sunday Open races at the Webscorer link below.
Blackhawk 4K, 10K Interval Start Biathlon | Event registration | Webscorer
For Open racers, the USBA membership number entry is optional in Webscorer, please enter your membership number if you are a Competitor level USBA member. If you are not a USBA member, arrange your USBA Member-for-a-Day purchase in advance of race day. Annual USBA memberships expire in October every year so be sure to renew your membership for this season, if necessary.
Biathlon liability insurance is provided by the USBA for race participants so USBA membership is mandatory on race day.
The links to USBA membership options are on the Webscorer registration page.
When you complete your online Webscorer registration, it is important to email the registration to yourself as proof that you are registered properly in case of last minute IT issues with the Webscorer web site.
Important: After registering on Webscorer, scroll down the Webscorer page to verify that your registration was accepted by Webscorer (and to access the “email to self” option).
Bib exchange and race fee payment will take place at the Biathlon Range Shelter according to the times posted in Webscorer. Here are the materials that are required for the bib exchange on race day:
- Online registration printout (email to yourself by scrolling down after “Submitting” your online registration)
- Exact cash or check payment (to “Blackhawk Ski Club”, see fee schedule on Webscorer registration page)
- USBA Red Book (received at your USBA safety training class) (Open Racers Only)
- USBA Membership Card (if you are a Competitor member of USBA)
Online USBA receipt confirmation (online at USBA web site)
Volunteers are needed to facilitate the running and scoring of the race.
I look forward to seeing you at Blackhawk!
Proposed weekend schedule from Mark Torresani
After receiving comments the below race format and schedule is proposed. I will work with Mike Larsen to get the sign up for races live on Webscorer. All races will be in a time trial fashion due to Covd restrictions with approximately 30 seconds between racers at the start.
Saturday January 16th
10:00 AM Set up and Registration [payment!] See note above!! Must sign up online!
11:00 Sight in U15, U19, U22
12:00: Sprint U19 and U22, 7.5K Women, 10K Men, PS
1:00, Sprint U15, 2.5K, 75M penalty lap PP (first prone shooting on standing target)
1:30 Masters, Seniors: site in/zero
2:15: Masters, Seniors, 10K PS
4:00 4K 4 person “fun” relay, PPSS (two skiers shoot prone, two skiers shoot standing, with 3 extra rounds for misses for all racers) 30 second penalty for missed targets. Battle for Paul Bunyan’s Rifle?
Sunday January 17th
8:00 AM Set up and Registration
9:00 Sight in U15, U19 ,U22
10:00 U19 & U22, 10 K PPSS
11:00 U15, 4K PPPP, 75M penalty (two prone on standing targets and two prone on prone targets)
12:00, Seniors, Masters Site in/zero
12:45 Seniors, Masters 10K PPSS
This week is the 1st week of the 10th month of the training/competition year. I know some of you are starting late in the year—but please recognize we are starting to reduce our volume and increase the intensity now that we are approaching the main competition part of the year. Our main training volume is done in the spring/ summer/ fall.
That said, and with Covid and the MN Rules still on us, here is the planned schedule coming up in January:
10th—a MN Cup event [you guys are all welcome!] Mt Itasca
16th/17th- Regional races at Blackhawk in Madison WI—
30/31st- Regional races at Mt Itasca
As the season progresses we will get out a schedule for Feb and March! We often have a final race in late March and Nationals in West Yellowstone are scheduled for 24th-28th of March.
So the plan for the week is to get out on skis—drive if need be—but get in snow time!!
a] easy distance b] technique c] specific strength d] some long TH intervals and e] some short 1 k’s at just above your per km race pace. Ski every day if you can. We are starting to get enough snow here to ski on. The goals for our 500 hr hypothetical Jr are 290 min BE; 21 min DE; 32 min TH; 64 min RP and 21 min strength= 429 min total.
If you can get up to Mt Itasca—go for it. The manmade 1.5km is really nice and they are getting just about enough snow so you can ski the whole trail system. Race skis on the 1.5, B skis with care on the rest.
So enjoy the Journey! Get on snow, and watch the daylight get longer! Today is the shortest day of the year and the beginning of Winter!
Bill Meyer, Coach
As you probably are aware, the Governor yesterday extended the “pause” on youth and adult sports competitions until the 4th of Jan at the earliest. The COVID rates are simply not dropping enough to warrant a return to normal. Again, too many are not following the protocols that the health experts have laid out—so we all suffer!!
Accordingly, MN Cup #1 & #2 are cancelled. The Midwest Regional Races tentatively scheduled for the 2nd & 3rd of Jan will be rescheduled.
In addition, USBA announced this morning the the US Youth and Junior World Championship Team Trials have been cancelled. You can read the full announcement on the USBA webpage.
As they will be looking at regional results to make up the US teams, being prepared, well trained and racing in Jan will be doubly important!!
In the meantime, skiing at Mt Itasca is good, and there is a 1.5 km course that you can use to mark your progress!
It’s a long journey- and certainly not always easy!!
Bill Meyer, Coach
Due to new policies in MN, limiting gatherings and concerns for high rates of Covid, the Midwest Region Biathlon race scheduled to be held at MT Itasca on December 5th and 6th has been postponed. Bill Meyer and VladCervenka will be monitoring the situation closely and rescheduling the race when it is considered safe to do so.
Please pass this information on to the clubs and biathletes you work with.
Stay safe and healthy!